Characters: Heroes and Villains
Meet the Characters in Escape to Faith and Freedom
Allegory has symbolic figures and actions. Below you can meet the heroes and villains. Many of them have names which are symbolic in the story. The theme is based on the Bible story from Genesis about twin brothers, Jacob and Esau. In the book, the twins are named Benjamin and Ruben. As the story unfolds, two contrasting cultures spring from the choices each brother makes.
Benjamin and Ruben Benamoz, main characters, are unidentical twin brothers. They each make different choices which lead to contrasting lifestyles. Their names are from the twelve tribes of Israel.
Joseph ben Amoz, Benjamin and Ruben’s father. Joseph’s name is also from the twelve tribes. Amoz is the same name as the father of the prophet Isaiah.
Lorenzo Nobles. Governor Nobles loves to throw lavish cultural events; he collects art, music, and historical relics. His namesake, Lorenzo de Medicci, was a patron of the arts during the Renaissance. Nobles, of course, signifies nobility, not in the aristocratic sense, but in character.
Rebekah Nobles encourages Ben to protect the birthright. Her namesake is Rebekah of the Bible, who rescued the birthright blessing from her wayward son Esau.
Allison Russell. Her character’s brilliant red hair matches her great intelligence. Her blunt truthfulness is amusing. Imagine my delight when I found that Teutonic and Swedish variations for “Allison” denote “truth”, and “noble humor.” Totally fitting!
Zephan. Joseph’s older brother. His name is Hebrew, a variation of Zephaniah, meaning hidden by God; God’s treasure. Zephan’s character is like a type or symbol of Christ. He devotes his life to justice, but also is merciful. Zephan rescues the Benamoz brothers from bondage and teaches them about repentance.
Dan MacRay. A journalist with rare integrity, he founded Reality Worldview News. Dan “fights the good fight” by shining rays of light on corruption and evil. He becomes Ben’s boss in the newspaper business.
Ramses. Gandikon pirate chief who engages in human trafficking. Ramses was the name of the pharaoh who opposed Moses and killed all Hebrew babies of Moses’ age.
Members of the Anti-Hate Committee
Alger Rotcraft. This is a play on words. “Rot” [rhymes with vote] is the German word for red; craft means to make. Red is the color of communism and socialism. Of course, in English, one meaning of “rot” is to become morally corrupt. Rotcraft is from the Kohor Empire, which represents all the tyrannical isms. Rotcraft makes cultural rot. With his extreme wealth, he buys up newspapers so he can stifle freedom of speech, and pays for mobs to riot against innocent people. Rotcraft has a counterpart in real life who carries out this cultural Marxism. When you read the news, see if you can figure out who Alger Rotcraft represents.
Feral Hamad. Feral means fierce or wild. Hamad is a variation of Haman, who in the Bible tried to wipe out the Jewish people. Feral is extremely racist, and he founded Parents Legal and Youth services, or PLAY, which is a franchise of abortion clinics. I’m sure you know what counterpart in real life PLAY represents. Feral Hamad reminds Benjamin of a vulture.
Arch Kingerman is an archetype politician. His name is derived from a group in Native American history called the “king-men”, who always sought to overthrow liberty.
Elidor Redmund is ambassador to the Kohor Empire; she is in charge of “re-educating” the people of Yeshurun. Her surname means “red world.” She is in love with Arch Kingerman.
Fomentio Dagon is a community organizer. He always foments, or stirs up, people to hatred and mob action.
Other Followers of the Order of Kohor
Raul Dagon. Son of Fomentio Dagon. He is a “friend” who always gets Ruben into trouble.
Delia Matagorda works for Alger Rotcraft. Delia uses her seductive and deceptive powers to damage Ruben’s moral compass. She is like the Bible story of Samson and Delilah. She ends up being deceived herself.
Nils Marlow. Atheist professor at Amulon University. Believes in nihilism, junk science and his own delusions of grandeur.
Boris Volkrusher works for the Kohor empire, in charge of drug cartels and assassinations. He takes delight in crushing folks, literally and figuratively.
Tyro Vulcan, thug, works for Volkrusher.
 Nihilism—a: viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless b: a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and esp. of moral truths